Somehow, Democrats still surprise me. Now, according to the Huffington Post, they want to enact five-year jail terms for people who knowingly publish false information about elections.
“Several congressional Democrats plan to introduce legislation Thursday that would make it a federal crime to knowingly and intentionally publish false information about elections.
“The legislation would criminalize knowingly spreading wrong information related to the time and place of elections as well as voter qualifications and registration status. The bill would also make it illegal to knowingly claim an endorsement from someone within 60 days of a federal election. Anyone who spread such misinformation would be subject to up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
“The measure is being introduced by Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Ben Cardin (Md.), Doug Jones (Ala.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.). Democratic Reps. A. Donald McEachin (Va.) and Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) plan to introduce companion legislation in the House.
“While dirty tricks such as fliers telling people to vote on the wrong day have a long tradition in American politics, the legislation comes amid increased attention to the spread of misinformation amid Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
Democrats have been pushing for criminal justice reform to keep non-violent criminals out of prison, especially for drug-related crimes. For some reason, they would instead imprison people for handing out plastic straws and false political speech (which, by the way, is easily debunkable). If this is what “Democratic socialism” is, then I don’t want any part of it.
Hot Air had more on the issue:
“Hearing false information doesn’t ’cause’ anything other than slight headaches to anyone who pays the slightest attention to their own civic responsibilities. We live in a time of unprecedented access to accurate information, and yet we’re treated to a never-ending series of Chicken Little hysterics over stupid memes on Facebook. And the answer provided by the same hysterics fits the same pattern — to criminalize speech and stick the people they don’t like in prison.
This is the equivalent of destroying the free-speech village in order to save it. If passed, this law would quickly become a tool to silence the opposition in the hands of an unprincipled administration. (And as we saw in 2008, to choose not to enforce it against its allies.) It would necessarily cause political activists to shy away from debate and political speech in fear that overzealous or biased prosecutors could charge them for crimes.”